Restaurants & Bars

Wine Bar on Lark St.- new in Albany

LJNew | Mar 11, 200805:59 PM

Hi: finally made it over to the new Wine Bar. It is on Lark St where the Enoteca Antica used to be. As a matter of fact still has the sign and the interior looks pretty much the same as I remember from the Enoteca too. It is next to the Daily Grind.

Anyway - they do not take reservations except for larger groups for the upstairs room. The owner led me to believe that they would be jumping on a Sat night so we got there when they opened. We had our choice of tables and fireplaces (3 of them) but I have to say at 6 there were still many open tables to choose from...but maybe that is because it was a cold and rainy night.

We were very pleased with our meal - food, service and ambiance all very nice. The menu is not huge but there were 4 or 5 additional specials - and it seemed to be a mix of entrees, and small plates. We started with a seafood chowder - delicious and the seafood was tender not vulcanized. I had a hanger steak which came with garlic mashed and a variety of crisply cooked vegetables - all done nicely. Steak was a bit too rare for med rare but it was very good anyway. Wine and mushroom sauce also was very nice. My SO had a double order of Jamaican jerked baby back ribs - which was a small plate so together they made an entree sized portion. He really enjoyed them - nicely spiced and falling off the bone. Nice wine menu - with many options for by the glass or bottle.

We would definitely go back - very cozy place, good bistro.

Only one complaint really - the tables are very long and narrow and awkward. I can't imagine how more than 2 people can manage to eat together on them.

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